Fans whose Spring Training plans might be foiled by inclement weather on Friday won't be out of luck.
With the forecast in Arizona looking ominous, those holding a ticket to one of Friday's Cactus League games will have the opportunity to purchase a $5 ticket to a World Baseball Classic contest instead. To take advantage of the offer, bring tickets for rained-out games to the box office at Phoenix's Chase Field.
Chase Field, the home of the D-backs, is hosting two Classic games on Friday. Italy will face Canada at 12 p.m. MT, and the U.S. will take on Mexico at 7 p.m.
Italy is coming off a dramatic 6-5 win over Mexico on Thursday; the U.S. and Canada will be playing their first games. The Americans will send reigning National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the mound against Mexico's Yovani Gallardo.
Tickets for those games also can be purchased at worldbaseballclassic.com or by calling the Chase Field box office at 602-514-8400.
Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less